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February 2017
  • 11th February 2017 - Saturday
  • Vandegrift High School
  • 9500 McNeil Drive, Austin, TX.

Academic WorldQuest

Each year, Academic WorldQuest seeks to inform and engage high school teens and their teachers across the country in global affairs. More than 4,000 students participate and test their knowledge of international affairs, global current event issues, and foreign policy. The winning high school teams at each local competition is invited to participate at the national contest in Washington DC.  Our competition consists of 10 rounds of 10 questions about specific global themes. Schools can register teams of 4 students in grades 9…

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  • 16th February 2017 - Thursday
  • Tokyo Electron U.S. Holdings, Inc.
  • 2400 Grove Boulevard, Austin, TX.

Exhibit Opening for Visiting Ceramicist Kuniyuki Shashihara

In collaboration with the Austin-Oita Sister Cities Committee and the City of Austin, an exhibit will feature works by master ceramicist Kuniyuki Sashihara from Oita, Japan.  Mr. Sashihara will be in residence February 4-18th at the Dougherty Arts Center to create new work for his first U.S exhibitions.  He will also provide lecture-demo opportunities for the public at the Asian American Resource Center, the Dougherty Arts Center and St. Edward’s University. No RSVP required for this event at Tokyo Electron…

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March 2017


The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to partner again this year with the Austin Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America to offer the International Woman’s Day Dinner Program. Topic For The Evening “Cities for CEDAW” The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women Keynote: Rita Maran, Ph.D – Lecturer, Univ of California & VP for Advocacy, UNA-USA Followed by a Prominent Panel of Speakers to Address: “Why it…

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British Life Science and MedTech Networking Event

The World Affairs Council of Austin, in partnership with the United Kingdom Department of International Trade and the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) invites you to a networking reception highlighting the United Kingdom’s Lifescience and MedTech Delegation’s visit to Austin. If your company is within the Lifescience or MedTech industry sector(s) and you are looking to find partners across the pond, please join us by registering at the link below. Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) The Association of…

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Connecting Globally & Acting Locally: Austin, Bavaria and Quebec ‘s Public Digital Strategies

Austin (Central Texas), Bavaria (Germany) and Québec (Canada) have built a solid reputation among the most innovative and talent-driven regions. Their success is also about building the necessary synergies and engaging smart policies. Leaders of the 3 regions are meeting at SXSW to share their views about the many challenges of today’s digital public strategies: tech entrepreneurship, public open data, evolving education programs, advanced research, social inclusive process, infrastructure investments, etc.   KEY NOTE SPEAKERS: – Steve Adler, Mayor of…

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Advantage Dubai Seminar

The World Affairs Council of Austin, and the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council along with Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide are pleased to present the Advantage Dubai Seminar. Join the Dubai Department of Economic Development’s Foreign Direct Investment Development Agency to learn about the innovation driven economy of Dubai. This interactive program will detail the 10 major innovation pillars of Dubai.  Attendees will learn how Dubai serves as a platform to enhance business growth within the UAE, as well as further markets through…

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Austin Global Business Forum

The Kozmetsky Center in collaboration with Munday School of Business and World Affairs Council of Austin will host an evening Austin Global Business Forum to discuss Austin’s expanding international business engagement.  Speakers will assess growth in Austin’s global business presence, regional concentrations, and potential for future expansion and development in specific industries and sectors.  Leaders from industry will share their perspectives on how individuals can best prepare for careers in an increasingly globalized business environment. This program will feature representatives from…

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April 2017

Hot Topic: Germany and Migration

Germany is the second most popular migration destination in the world.  In 2015, Germany recorded the highest influx of immigrants (1.14 million) in post-World War II history.  Net immigration increased 49 percent, with the majority of immigrants coming from outside of Europe.  In 2016, the German labor market remained the tightest in over 25 years.  Bolstered by government expenditures and private consumption, output increased at the fastest pace in five years.  Attend this session to learn about immigration from a…

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International Business Coalition Meeting

Please join us to hear an update from Lisa J. Kubiske, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Finance & Development in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs for the U.S. Department of State.   A United States diplomat with experience in Latin America and China, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Brazil and in the Dominican Republic.  Earlier assignments include: Western Hemisphere Economics Director at the State Department; Officer in…

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  • 25th April 2017 - Tuesday
  • St. Edwards University, Jones Auditorium
  • 3001 South Congress, Austin, TX.

Russia & the West: Significance, Challenges, and Potential

In collaboratation with the World Affairs Council of Austin, the Kozmetsky Center will co-sponsor a conference on Russia & the West: Significance, Challenges, and Potential. Distinguished experts of the United States, European, and Eurasian academic, policy and private sector communities will assess contemporary and future security and economic relations between Russia and the West. Speakers will share perspectives on the importance of Russia’s bilateral and multilateral relationships with Western nations, immediate and longer-term strategic interests and priorities, economic and security…

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